Winfield 1878: Charles Birnbaum, 36; spouse, Rosa, 24.
[This file was a mess! For some reason or another the Winfield Courier started out with “Chas. Birnbaum” and later referred to him as “R. Birnbaum.” I stuck with the Chas. or C. Birnbaum. At no time did the paper give an address for the cigar manufactory in Winfield.]
FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, April 12, 1877.
We were happy to make the acquaintance of Mr. Chas. Birnbaum, of Leavenworth, who has been spending several days in our city, and who has decided to permanently locate with us. Mr. Birnbaum, formerly of the firm of Myers & Co., cigar manufacturers of Leavenworth, is a first-class cigar maker and proposes to establish a cigar manufactory in Winfield. He has a part of the stock with which to commence business. We wish the gentleman success in his enterprise.
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1877.
The first cigar manufactured in southwestern Kansas can be seen in the show case of Messrs. Birnbaum & Meyer, in this city. A very large one, measuring eight inches in length, and one inch in diameter, and a small one, which measures about two inches in length and one-fourth inch in diameter.
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1877.
We were happy to meet Mr. S. I. A. Meyer, brother-in-law of Chas. S. Birnbaum, of this city. Mr. Meyer has for some time past been connected with the firm of Meyer & Co., manufacturers of cigars, of Leavenworth. He arrived in our city last Saturday with the intention of locating permanently among us, and brings with him a good stock and is prepared for the manufacture of cigars in Winfield. We wish him success in his new enterprise.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
Mr. Chas. Birnbaum has returned to Winfield with his family and has come to stay and run the only cigar factory in Cowley County.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1877.
COWLEY COUNTY CIGAR FACTORY. C. BIRNBAUM, Manufacturer of FINE CIGARS, and Dealer in TOBACCOS, SNUFFS, AND BEST VARIETIES OF SMOKING ARTICLES, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1877.
C. Birnbaum just returned from the eastern part of the state. He says that Messrs. Paull Bro.’s are building a new iron jail at Sedan, which is a very fine building, and looks as though it would hold those fellows who are so handy with the pistol and knife. He also says that coal has been discovered in this county east of this place near the surface of the ground. He did not learn the thickness of the vein, but saw some of the coal which was clean and hard like anthracite.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1877.
Four cigar makers of the Cowley County Cigar Factory are kept busy rolling cigars day and night now. Mr. Birnbaum receives orders from all parts of the State for his cigars.
Winfield Courier, December 27, 1877.
Mr. Birnbaum has the thanks of the COURIER boys for a package of excellent cigars as a Christmas present. Mr. Birnbaum beats the Cubans in making good Havanas.
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1878.
Installation I. O. O. F. On last Saturday evening, the 5th inst., the installation of officers of the Winfield Lodge No. 101, I. O. O. F. for the year 1878 took place at the Presbyterian church. A considerable delegation of members of the order from Wichita and other places were present, including W. E. Ritchie, grand master; _____ Russell, grand treasurer; and W. P. Campbell, grand marshal. The ceremonies were conducted in a pleasing and impressive manner. The officers installed were: C. Birnbaum, N. G.; M. G. Troup, V. G.; J. W. Curns, R. W.; E. S. Bedilion, P. S.; Max Shoeb, T.
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Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 28, 1878. Front Page.
On the evening of the 10th I arrived at the beautiful little town of Lazette, which is situated in the fertile valley of Grouse Creek, just in time to get a good hot supper at the Harris hotel, kept by Robert Harris. He and his amiable wife spare no pains to make their guests comfortable. He has a good livery stable connected with the house and is well fixed to accommodate all travelers.
Mc. D. Stapleton is the leading merchant of Lazette. He keeps a large stock of dry goods, groceries, boots and shoes. He has some pretty good cigars and should patronize Birnbaum, of Winfield, to be successful.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1878.
Gus. Brodin, one of C. Birnbaum’s cigar makers, has concluded to quit the business. Cause why? He has fallen heir to $26,000, in Sweden, and goes to secure the prize. Good for Gus.
Winfield Courier, October 3, 1878.
C. Birnbaum says he may sell to someone a five cent cigar containing $20,000. The manufacturer of the “Big Bonanza” cigar says he has wrapped that amount of money in one cigar and put in one of his regular boxes of that brand; that some dealer has bought that box and some customer will get that cigar. Birnbaum has a lot of those boxes of cigars, and when you buy of him, look out and not burn up the greenbacks.
FOUND THIS CONFUSING! GOT THE IMPRESSION THAT ONLY ONE CIGAR HAD A GREENBACK...YET ARTICLE TALKS ABOUT $20,000...AND THEN ENDS UP WARNING PEOPLE ABOUT BURNING UP GREENBACKS!
[SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT: “H. C. R.,” ATCHISON CHAMPION.]
Winfield Courier, December 26, 1878.
If you want a good cigar, call on Charles Birnbaum. His stock is large, and he keeps only the choicest of cigars and tobaccos.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.
The Courier feels proud of its list of advertisers. No county newspaper in the state can boast a larger list or one made up of better, more honorable or more enterprising men. Here they are in alphabetical order.
BIRNBAUM, C., makes cigars equal to Havana, besides keeping the best chewing and smoking tobacco, fruits, and confectionery. Gentlemen who are very particular to have good stock are satisfied here.
Winfield Courier, February 20, 1879.
The case of the State vs. Charley Birnbaum for larceny came before Squire Buckman last Monday, County Attorney E. S. Torrance appearing for the State and Messrs. Payson and Jarvis for defendant. The case was ably conducted on both sides. The jury returned a verdict of guilty and the property valued at $8.00. He was fined $5 and costs.
Note: I could not find any more entries about Mr. Birnbaum. MAW